Personal anemia anecdotes wanted: How long did it take you to feel human again after being diagnosed with anemia?
I had been feeling exhausted for the past month or two and wrote it off as me working too hard. About a month ago I got some sexy angular cheilitis
around my mouth, which, after some quick investigation, I discovered is symptom of anemia (Other wacky symptoms of anemia that I have are: chewing ice
, mood swings, twitching muscles, short temper, tiredness/exhaustion/fatigue, dizziness, and poor appetite - unless it's ice).
So I started taking an iron supplement daily - "Gentle Iron", which is ferrous bisglycinate and contains 29 mg of elemental iron. The angular cheilitis went away after a week or so and some copious amounts of Neosporin. Yes, I take it with orange juice and no, I do not take it within at least two hours of any food or drink containing dairy, caffeine, or tannins.
I had my routine blood tests a few weeks later and my doctor's PA called last week to tell me that I was severely anemic and that the doctor wants me to take 324mg of ferrous gluconate once a day. That's only 27 mg of elemental iron. And it fucks with my insides worse than the ferrous bisglycinate does. I told the PA that I'm already on an iron supplement and she blew me off. (I adore my MD but I really hate her PA.) I went ahead and switched to Bifera for the time being, and have ordered a bottle of Proferrin (both have heme iron, which is more bioavailable and can be taken with food and do not seem to cause gastrointestinal disturbances).
Anyway. Assuming that I've been exhausted/anemic for months and that I started taking an iron supplement about a month ago, and I'm taking a double supplement now (I am aware of the dangers of iron overdose, but I am a woman of childbearing years who doesn't eat many iron containing foods), how much longer can I expect to feel dead on my feet?
Have you been anemic? How long did it take for you to not fall asleep at your desk every day? Until you could come home from work and do things around the house besides nap? Until going out and doing things sounded like fun rather than a chore? Until you stopped eating 80+ ounces of ice a day? Until you stopped being Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
I need a light at the end of this anemic tunnel! Please hope me!